Comment on Changes to MBTA Bus Routes

This notice came from the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber.

The MBTA is considering a number of changes to bus routes system-wide, including to routes connecting Newton, Needham, Watertown and Dedham.

Some of the T’s Better Bus plan will be seen as beneficial but others could represent a significant loss of service for some. We urge you to review the links below and provide input by March 13 to these proposals before any decisions are finalized.

  • Among the changes that would impact both Newton – as well as Needham – is a reworking of the No. 59 bus route, which travels from Watertown across Newton and on to Needham Junction. This proposal would double the bus frequency on Needham Street but also eliminate the Eliot Street/Lincoln Street part of the route.
  • Another big change would impact riders who take the No. 52 bus from Watertown to Wells Ave, the JCC or the Newton Community Farm because it would eliminate stops on Winchester St. and Nahanton St. as it travels between Watertown and Dedham.
  • The T is also proposing a shorter route for the No. 60 bus from Kenmore Square, which would remove a stop at the Chestnut Hill Mall and terminate at Chestnut Hill Square, instead of Langley Road.
  • Finally, service of 501-504 buses will be changed, resulting in the loss of frequency and mid-day and weekend service. In addition, passengers boarding or exiting at Newton Corner, would be required to navigate the challenging walk over the Mass Pike Bridge because of a plan to eliminate stops on both sides of the circle.

The MBTA is accepting feedback until March 13, 2019 here

LWVN remembers Linda Plaut

Linda Plaut, former Director of the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, passed away last week.  LWVN remembers Linda as an always gracious and welcoming person who helped start most of the city events we treasure in Newton today. She brought immeasurable joy to children and adults over the years, and her loss will be greatly felt. Our sincerest condolences to her family and all those whose lives she touched.

For more on Linda and her legacy, please click here for the Village 14 article:  Beautiful Tribute to Linda Plaut from her family

LWVN remembers Reverend Howard Haywood

We pass along sad news to our members that Newton lost one its most respected citizens.  The Reverend Howard Haywood passed away on Saturday, February 16th.  We will always remember him for his social justice work and his lifelong efforts toward making Newton a better place.  Our sincerest condolences to his family .

For more on Reverend Haywood’s life, please see this article in Newton Patch:  Newton Affordable Housing Champion Rev. Howard Haywood Has Died

Valnetine’s Day meeting on Hazard Mitigation Plan

We received this notice from the City of Newton:

Dear City of Newton stakeholder:

The Newton Hazard Mitigation Plan is being updated to help the town reduce its vulnerability to natural hazard events such as flooding, hurricanes and winter storms. Natural hazards can have serious impacts on the City of Newton and its residents.

Please join the City for a public presentation and discussion about the update to the Newton Hazard Mitigation Plan at a public meeting on the following date and location: Thursday, February 14, 7 pm, Newton City Hall, Room 204

Hazard Mitigation Plan flyer

Riverside Visioning Community Open House

Riverside Visioning Community Open House, February 10th, 4:00, Williams School

This is the opportunity for you to give input on what gets developed at Riverside.  The City of Newton Planning department, and their consultant, Civic Moxie, invite you to attend an open house to create the future vision for the Riverside Station site.  Please see the attached flyer.  The intent of the vision plan is to assist the City in evaluating future development proposals as well as how to better integrate the site into the community.

Riverside Visioning Community Open House – Feb 10

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